Brad Reese still aiming high

Brad Reese

Brad Reese looks for a way around a defender in a game for his Lapua, Finland basketball team.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 05:34 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Former Laurel Hill School basketball player Brad Reese will soon welcome his second child, which puts his professional basketball career in perspective.

The 6-foot-7-inch Reese, who now calls west Texas home during the basketball off-season, is in his third year of playing professional basketball in Europe. This year, he's a member of the Lapua, Finland team.

"Having a child is a great experience and another challenge for me," he said. "I just have to be there and be the best father I can be."

Reese was back home in Okaloosa County last week visiting his family as he recovers from a torn meniscus in his knee. He said his rehab is right on track to be back on the court in the next few weeks.

"It could have been worse," he said. "It could have been a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), but I'm just trying to rehab and get back on the court. I miss the game dearly and I'm just trying to do all the right things the trainer says to me to get back."

Reese, who led the Hoboes to the 2006 Class 1A Final Four as a senior, was one of Lapua's top scorers before his injury.

"I played like 13 games and was averaging 19 points a game," he said. "I was playing really well. You hate for it to happen, but that's life, and I just want to get back to playing good ball like I did before.

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